tv Way Too Early With Willie Geist MSNBC June 18, 2012 2:30am-3:00am PDT
good morning. i'm willie geist. this is "way too early," the show that again missed the cut at the u.s. open. i'm glad you here up with us watching us on msnbc or listening on sire yus xm radio. you can e-mail me, tweet me and let me know what you're doing at this hour. do what webb simpson does and text the word awake followed by your response to 622639. we'll read the next responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this monday, june 18th, including results from egypt's presidential election where the muslim brotherhood is claiming victory. should they be? richard engel joins us. plus mitt romney wanders into a washington convenient store. >> i went to a place today called washington. ever been there?
we went to washingtons. >> we've all been to washington. the rest of the story later in the show. first let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. at 30 rock in new york city. president obama touched down in mexico last night for the start of the g-20 summit where he's expected to ufrnlg european leaders to focus on pro growth policies over austerity. this comes after stocks opened strong on the news that greece's pro bailout party claimed victory in the parliamentary elections. european union leaders are breathe ag collective sigh of relief as the conservative new democracy party took in narrow party over the anti-austerity left meaning greece will remain a member of the union at least for the time being. here with us to break it down, steve sedgwick live in athens. steve, good morning. it's good to see you. explain to us what exactly yesterday's outcome means. >> reporter: what it means is there's a hope now that we can
find a more cohesive government in greece, the creation potential over the next couple days over a coalition of parties that will stick with the bailout terms. the parliament building behind my shoulder here where you have 300 seats. the hope is a coalition which has a majority in that parliament will agree to stick by the bailout term for what is a multi hundred billion dollar program of austerity which means they'll continue to get money from the eu which means it won't necessarily be the first domino to fall and hence lead other countries, other bigger countries such as spain and italy integrator debt problems and hence create a bigger problem for europe and the united states as well. for the u.s. markets and european broader markets, the reason why they opened better but have come back a little sbit the hope we won't see some sort of domino processes going on where debt crisis after debt crisis brings down world trade and withdraws liquidity from financial systems. there are hopes that this coalition will move forward and
carry out those much-needed reforms the president has been talking about. ie bringing growth as well as austerity measures. >> it is a bit of a strange bed fellow. conservatives and socialist parties, we'll see if they can work together and get through this. with the future of the eurozone hang manage the balance, mitt romney made it clear that no matter what happens the united states would not pay for a bailout in europe under his presidency. >> we're not going to send checks to europe. we're not going to bail out the european banks. we'll be poised here to support our economy. i'm very much in favor of the fundamental things one does to strengthen the economic footings of a nation. i don't believe we should expose our national balance sheet to the vagaries of what's going to be happening in europe. europe is capable of dealing with their banking crisis if they choose to do so. >> mitt romney spent a lot of the weekend clarifying his campaign's position on illegal
immigration, largely due to the surprise announcement by president obama on dprd, announcing a plan that would stop deportation of younger illegal immigrants 689 the move put mitt romney among latinos in a tight spot. the latest gallup poll shows romney trailing obama by 43 points, 67-24. in the republican primary romney took a tough stance on immigration as you know. he vowed to veto the dream act which would have created a path to citizenship for many illegal immigrants. yesterday he avoided the topic of whether he would repeal it. >> there needs to be a long-term solution so they know what their status is. >> would you repeal there? >> well, it would be overtaken events by virtue of my putting in a long-term solution.
>> i won't keep on about this. but to make sure i understand, would you leave this in place while you worked out a long-term solution or would you just repeal it? >> we'll look at that setting as we reach that. my anticipation is i'd come to office and say we need to get this done on a long-term basis and not this kind of a stopgap measure. what the president did, he should have worked on this years ago if he felt seriously about this, he should have taken action when he had a democrat house and senate, but he didn't. he saves these sort of things until 4 1/2 months before the general election. >> why do you think he did this? >> i think the timing is clear. if he wanted to make a solution to deal with these kids or illegal immigration, this is something he would have taken up in his first 3 1/2 years, not his last few months. >> he did it for politics? >> that's certainly a big part of the equation. >> the obama camp is insisting the president's executive order was not unveiled because of politics saying the decision was made by the homeland security department to focus on people who actually pose a danger to
the community. on "meet the press" david plouffe was quick to point out the impact it could have on the general election. >> your view is mitt romney can't compete among hispanics. >> he's going to try to compete everywhere as will we. let's talk about immigration from there. mitt romney said he would veto the dream act if elected president. during the republican primaries in debate after debate he talked about how he would just send the 11 million people home. if you're looking for comprehensive immigration reform, mitt romney has been clear, he's not going to be a solution here. >> the decision on another major political fight could come as early as today. the supreme court could hand down its ruling on the president's controversial affordable care act. mitt romney say it is health care plan could have been handled differently from the very beginning. ultimately he's confident the highest court in the land will strike it down. >> we created a solution, republicans and democrats, business and labor in our state.
we worked collaboratively. the president instead on a very partisan basis jammed through a bill, didn't get a single republican vote. i hope the supreme court believes as i do, but regardless of their decision, if i'm president we'll stop balk care in its tracks and return to the 10th amendment that allows states to care for these issues. >> he said he would make sure that coverage for pre-existing conditions are preserved. that ruling could come down from the supreme court any day now. the muslim brotherhood is claiming victory today in egypt's first ever democratically held presidential election. the real question is who holds power there. mohammed morsi has claimed victory over mubarak's predecessor. the win sets up a predecessor between the new president and the powerful military. last night a military council announced it would revote power
from the president to wage war and announced it would instead be the military who oversees the writing of egypt's new constitution. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel is live in cairo. richard, help us sort through the results of that election. what do they mean? >> reporter: well, they mean a great deal. according to egyptian state media, nearly all the votes have been counted and they do appear to show that the muslim brotherhood's candidate, mohammed morsi will be the next president of this country. the final counting hasn't been announced. according to state media, about 97% of the votes are in. they show 52% of those votes went to mohammed morsi. that would be radical change for this country, the first time the muslim brotherhood has ever held power in egypt, the biggest country in the arab world. they want to impose islamic law. it is openly hostile to israel,
no friend to the united states, although it has been trying to appeal to u.s. lawmakers and the white house with different delegations. that's on the muslim brotherhood front. the military here is clearly nervous about a muslim brotherhood victory. that's why in the late hours last night, just as it seemed that the muslim brotherhood was poised to win, the military issued this surprise statement, curtailing the powers dramatically of the new president, saying that the president wouldn't have the power to declare war on any other country, and wouldn't have the power to make key changes in the military. so the military is trying to protect itself against any kind of purge. so a power struggle has now been set between mohammed morsi who will want to assert its authority and the military who wants to hang on to its position. >> fascinating results coming out of there. an outcome that a lot of people
dreaded with the muslim brotherhood. richard engel from cairo. rodney king, the man whose brutal beating at the hands of the los angeles police sparked national outrage and sent the city into chaos has died. according to police, he was discovered at the bottom of his swimming pool early sunday morning by his fiancee. preliminary reports find no indication of foul play. in the early '90 x, he was at the center of a national conversation on race and police brutality in america after being beaten by four white police officers following an eight-mile-long high-speed chase. a year after the incident, three of the officers were acquitted and a mistrial declared for the fourth. shortly after parts of loss ngless erupted into riots which killed more than 50 people, injured more than 2,000 and left the city with more than $1 billion in damage. it was king who spoke out against the violence at the height of the rioting. >> people, i just want to say,
you know, can we all get along? can we get along? >> mr. king received a $3.8 million settlement from the city of los angeles. he later acknowledged he struggled with drugs and alcohol for most of his life. rodney king is survived by his three daughters and two grandchildren. just 47 years old when he died yesterday morning. still ahead on "way too early," the nba finals move to miami where the heat would like to finish the series over a stretch of three games there. highlights of a tight one, game three ahead in sports. plus the romney's horse qualifies for the london olympics in the sport of horse ballet. mitt romney breaks it down and we get a check on weather when "way too early" comes right back.
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a fire outside of colorado springs and this outside of ft. collins. about 120 homes burnt at this point. more threatened. this week, we don't have any big tropical systems to talk about, it's all about the heat. yesterday 98 in denver. imagine a firefighter out there trying to fight the flames and it's nearly 100 degrees. hot weather all the way to chicago. still relatively cool in areas of coastal new england through the mid click. high pressure blowing in on the cool air on the wart. the whole weather pattern flip-floption. wednesday to thursday, the hottest air in the country will be over the mid atlantic and the northeast. a lot of people in new england haven't turned their air conditions on weekend. you will need them. make sure they work. everyone will be scrambling to the stores to buy the fans. this is the first heat wave of the summer. the forecast today, chilly, 70s in new york and boston, chilly for this time of year. middle of the country still very hot. as we go throughout the week, we get up to about 87 tomorrow in d.c. even boston, willie geist, even boston should be about 96 by
thursday. washington, d.c. near 100 along with areas up in new york city. it's going to be a little shock to the system. >> when is that come? >> wednesday, thursday. >> thanks so much. let's turn to sports. with the nba finals at one game apiece, the heat needed to hold off yet another fourth quarter rally from the thunder in last night's game three in miami. closing seconds of the third quarter, dwyane wade hits lebron james for the wide open three and that gave the hit the lead. down by as many as ten in the third quarter. that shot gave them a two-point lead. kevin durant in foul trouble on the bench. james harp den up tom to durant. that brings the thunder within one. durant had 25, only four in the fourth quarter. later in the fourth, heat with a one-point lead, dwyane wade goes up, a floater and the foul, makes the free-throw that gave the heat a four-point lead. he had 25 in the game. durant trying to defend lebron. james goes over durant to get the bucket and the foul. that put the heat up seven
points. 30 seconds left. russell westbrook with an open look for three. this would have tied the game with just over 30 seconds, but cannot get it to go. that hurts. heat win 91-85. lebron, 29 points, 14 rebounds, eight of his points came in the fourth. game four tomorrow night in miami with the heat up two games to one. final round at the u.s. open. tiger woods still having trouble on sunday after a miserable saturday, misses the par put putt on the finishes seven over. webb simpson making a charge up the leaderboard. his second shot on the par four spins, tapped in for birdie, eventually headed to the clubhouse with the lead. graeme mcdowell can force a play-off with simpson with a birdie putt hole. he can celebrate. he's the 112th u.s. open children and one over par for the tournament.
nobody finished under par. the 15th different winner in the last 15 majors. the 26-year-old american started his day in 29th place. the worst position ever for a u.s. open winner after 36 holes. as if simpson's day wasn't surreal enough, he was treated to this interruption during his trophy ceremony. >> three straight birdies and four in a five-hole stretched turned the round for you. >> that was kind of the difference, i got off to a slow start, but i knew that -- [ bird noises ] >> enjoy the jail cell, pal. >> congratulations to webb simpson, 26-year-old. dodgers hosting the white sox. bat bottom of the sixth. her rare la to right. it appears he beat the.
the umpire calls treanor out. white sox get out with a lead. you know who didn't like that? dodgers manager don mattingly. he comes out early. this would keep things going for a while. he stayed out there. once you're ejected, you have to stay out there to get yourself in the highlights. dodgers win the game 2-1. remain in first place in nl west. best record in baseball at 42-25. yankees won their ninth game in a row sweeping the washington nationals. they have the best record in the american legal. coming up on "morning joe," elections in greece leave the country's bailout intact. how do greece's problems compare to here in united states. steve rattner has charts. when we come back, we'll huddle around the water rooler to watch mitt romney visit a washington market in pennsylvania where he discovers his new favorite thing. we'll tell you what it was when
remain in the eurozone and commit to the financial assistance package to keep the country out of bankruptcy. if you want to sound smart today, tell your friends today in the wake of the greek elections, the your roe rose to its highest value against the dollar in over three weeks. the euro reached an all-time high against the dollar on july 15th, 2008 when the euro was worth $1.60. enough of the real news, let's huddle around the water cooler to congratulate ann romney's horse and trainer for qualifying for the equestrian team. late night comics had fun last night. romney tweeted this picture where she was waving her number one foam hand for her horse. oon romney telling cbs she was the athlete of the family.
>> i hear you have an olympic athlete? >> isn't that something. it's not me. it's my wife. in this case it's not her personally. she along with two other people purchased a horse and have trained it up. she's quite thrilled. i'm sure she'll be watching. i have a campaign to attend to. i won't be able to see it perform. i'm very pleased for her. >> this is dress saj. >> the sport of dress saj. not many people are familiar with it. something for which she has a passion. frankly her getting back on a horse after being diagnosed with ms was able, she's convinced, to help her regenerate her strength and renew that vigor. she's a real -- i joke that i'm going to have to send her to betty ford for addiction to horses. >> going to london. if you're from delaware, maryland, pennsylvania, virginia, new jersey, you know what a washington is. you can add candidate mitt romney to the list of thank you
enthusiasts. he loved the touch screen computer used to order custom sandwiches. while sharing his washington experience with supporters, here is what he said? >> by the way, where do you get your hoagies here? do you get them at washingto wa. we went to wawa. you press a touch tone keypad. the sandwich comes in, touch this, touch this, touch this. go pay the cashier. there is your sandwich. >> do you know who else was at wawa, our steady cam man, john. your tweets, texts and e-mails are next. ♪[music plays]
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